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  • Summary: Taking place over the course of one night, The Anniversary Party is a serio-comic, sometimes scathing inspection of a group of friends gathered for a celebration that becomes a scorching dissection of a marriage on the brink. (Fine Line Features)
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 30
  2. Negative: 2 out of 30
  1. A caustic comedy of Hollywood manners.
  2. Despite its shortcomings, this smart, caustic movie is easily the most incisive and realistic comedy of manners to emerge from Hollywood in quite a while, and that's saying a lot.
  3. Some of The Anniversary Party's titillation factor rests on the awareness that these are actors playing actors, in roles written specifically for them that at times appear awfully close to home.
  4. 60
    The overlapping dialogue and the comedy of famous people playing self-variations is pure Altman (Leigh, not surprisingly, has worked in three Altman films).
  5. If one of its points is to show that underused thirtyish actresses still are attractive, it succeeds with Leigh and Cates -- and Jennifer Beals, who also provides a flashback feeling playing Cummings' ex-squeeze.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Horton
    Feels more like a backyard relaxation than a movie.
  7. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    I had a hard time maintaining interest in (let along liking) any of these self-involved Hollywood twerps, and scene after scene is a grating mixture of self-aggrandizement and masochism.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. MichaelC
    Sep 20, 2006
    Thoroughly enjoyable, sexy and smart. The perfect example of how to translate theatre to the cinema. Oh why aren't there more American movies like this one... I wanted to be a friend of these friends. Expand
  2. Jun 12, 2012
    There's something really attractive about Anniversary Party. I remember when I was about 11 or 12, I used to wake up really early to catch some of the movies I wasn't allowed to watch on Starz. This was one of those. It wasn't until I was much older that I finally sat down and watched the whole film and I still have moments where I just want to revisit it. It really is like a small get together with actors and every time you watch the movie, you relive those moments and meetup with your old friends. Each of the performances are spot on and the writing is entertaining. The characters are narcissistic yes, but you still want more of them. I wouldn't suggest this film to many as it isn't for everyone. But perhaps a theatre actor or someone who's working in university to become an actor would benefit from it. Expand
  3. MichaelF.
    Jul 30, 2001
    A touching and funny film. This film can be at times hysterical and at times depressing. There's a bit too much yelling but still its all good. Wonderful performances by everyone. Expand
  4. PaulW.
    May 1, 2006
    Very good movie.

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